Former abortion worker on clinic rescue

Joan Appleton, former head nurse at the Commonwealth Clinic in Falls Church, Virginia (an abortion clinic):

“We had several rescues at our clinic. There was never any violence. One time we had 250 of them removed — there must have been more than 500 at the clinic that day. But there was no violence. I called some of my friends and asked them to come through the line of protesters, one at a time. ‘I’ll give you a Pap smear and charge you a nickel,’ I told them. That way, we could record business transactions during the days of protest and report to the media that the clinic was open for “business as usual”…..

There was no way our clients were going to come. So we planted a couple of women from NOW in a car in the parking lot. They pretended they were distraught, and so frightened by the protesters that they didn’t dare get out of the car. The media were all over, taping this whole thing.”

Lis Trouten, “It Wasn’t Supposed to Happen That Way.” Minnesota Christian Chronicle, January 19, 1995, pgs 1, 4, 5.

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Sarah is a member of the board of The Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians.

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